The Pentagon: We will not participate in the establishment of the safe area in Syria[/rtl]
[rtl]Date: 2019/10/18 21:08 • 78 times read[/rtl]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday US forces would not take part in the creation of a safe zone in northern Syria.
Mark Esper said the United States was "continuing a measured withdrawal from northeastern Syria."
"US ground forces will not participate in the imposition of the safe area, but will remain in contact with Turkey and the SDF," the minister told reporters.
He said he had "informed his Turkish counterpart of the necessity of Turkey's commitment to the Syria agreement," adding that "he expects Ankara to ensure the safety of people in its area of control.
A senior Pentagon official has said the United States will continue to monitor the area from the air to ensure the security of prisons that include ISIS detainees.
Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that his country aims to set up 12 monitoring sites in the "safe zone" in northern Syria, and that it would respond if the Syrian government made any mistake in the region.
Erdogan added that two million refugees could be settled in the "safe zone" if they include the cities of Deir Ezzor and Raqqa, where Turkey hosts 3.6 million refugees who fled the more than eight years of war in Syria.
It is noteworthy that Ankara and Washington agreed on Thursday, to stop its operation in northern Syria against the YPG in return for the withdrawal of units from the border region. Turkey wants to settle the refugees in the area to be evacuated by the units